Morseman Captures Second Straight Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Crown
It was a back-to-back victory Saturday for Bryan Morseman as he broke the tape at 1 hour, 15 minutes to capture the 43rd running of the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic.
Morseman, from Bath, New York, was sick all week and wasn’t sure he would be able to compete in Saturday’s event.
He didn’t feel great and said he spent most the race in third place.
But for a guy that is used to winning, he wasn’t going to let a little thing like an illness hold him back.
“It feels good,” Morseman said. “I was running third just before the 10-mile mark so I wasn’t feeling good. I wasn’t feeling good all week and it wasn’t until Thursday that I registered. It was a last-minute decision.
“I wanted to come back and defend my title and that is always motivation, no matter how you feel.”
Wheeling’s Albert Schrimp came in second with a time of 1:16:03.43, followed by Baltimore’s Dustin Meeker (1:16:15.06) and Shadyside’s Sam Foster (1:20:18.85)
Morseman is used to traveling more than 10 hours to race, so the five-hour trip to Wheeling was a welcome relief.
Add in wanting to win the grueling race for the second year in a row, and Morseman was determined to not let his sickness get in the way.
Despite trailing at the beginning, he never lost focus and knew a victory was well in his reach.
“I was in third, but they were never very far ahead of me,” the 33-year-old said. “They might have been 15 seconds, so it wasn’t like they were pulling away. I just wasn’t feeling good. But I basically said ‘screw it.’ I know the course, I pretty much knew the last mile is all downhill. I know that I can try to get going there and if anyone was close I would try to beat them there.”